First estimate for new library comes in at $3 million

(see full story in the April 29 Journal-Republican!)

Golf carts now allowed in most Piatt County communities

It is now almost a clean sweep when it comes to allowing the use of golf carts on the streets of Piatt County communities. The Monticello City Council on April 13 approved the use of carts and other low-speed vehicles on city roads with speed limits of under 35 miles per hour. It is one of the final towns in the county to approve the measure.

Agreement could keep PCBs out of landfill

An agreement that would keep PCBs out of the Clinton landfill will be considered by the DeWitt County Board Thursday, according to area State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet).

Special school board meeting in Cerro Gordo April 29

The Cerro Gordo school board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 for the purpose of organizing the school board following the April 7 election.

First Mid-Illinois reaches 150th birthday

When the U.S. national banking system was formed through legislation in 1863 through 1865, First National Bank of Mattoon immediately jumped on board and has been in continuous operation since just after the end of the Civil War.

DeLand-Weldon looking for principal

The DeLand-Weldon school board is looking for a new principal. Current K-12 administrator Ben Barth has resigned as of July 1 to become principal for the 450-student Warrensburg-Latham Elementary School.

“He was just a good overall principal and we’re sorry to see him go,” said DeLand-Weldon Superintendent Gary Brashear.

Canvas & Corks relaxes clients through art of painting

When Heather Kelly was 12-years-old, her first watercolor painting fetched $500 at a county fair auction in Texas.

She has been hooked on art ever since. But making a living at it? That’s a different story.

Monticello schools may stick with Health Alliance

Health Alliance Medical Plans’ willingness to bargain may help it keep the Monticello school system as a health insurance customer.

Lincoln memorial held in Bement

Bement United Methodist Church minister Jeremy Lafary and Gary L. Shaffer took time Saturday to read excerpts aloud from a eulogy given after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.

Mock accident emphasizes prom safety

With Bement High School’s prom set for a week from this Saturday, students were urged at a Prom Promise event last Friday to refrain from drinking, drugging, or texting while driving.

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